Sunday, 18 January, 2009

Won Sei Hoon-the new South Korean chief spy

January 18
SEOUL (AFP) — South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak Sunday named new chiefs of police and the country's main spy agency as part of a government shakeup, officials said.

Won Sei-Hoon, minister of public administration and security and a former deputy mayor of Seoul, replaces Kim Sung-Ho as director of the National Intelligence Service, Lee's office said in a statement.

Kim Seok-Ki, head of the Seoul metropolitan police agency, was named to replace Eo Cheong-Soo as national police commissioner, it said.

The reshuffle came amid high expectations that President Lee would be conducting a bigger government shakeup soon as he marks his first year in office on February 25.

Lee, who took office with a victory margin of 48.7 percent in elections, has been under pressure to revamp his government whose popularity stands at around 20 percent.

A cabinet reshuffle is expected to come after the Lunar New Year holidays from January 25-27, according to presidential aides.

Seoul's Yonhap news agency, quoting unnamed sources, said President Lee is considering naming former prime minister Han Duck-Soo as ambassador to the United States.


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